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Thursday, 26 September 2019

GAME REVIEW: WCW Mayhem - PlayStation (1999)

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - Game Cover
Released: August 1999

Maybe you needed to be there. Maybe there's no other way to realy appreciate what a big deal the WCW Mayhem game was back in 1999 than to have lived through it.

For while the first World Championship Wrestling game to be developed by Electronic Arts may not seem like anything special, back then it was the biggest thing to hit the niche market of pro wrestling video games since...well...forever.

At least, it was if you believed WCW.

For months, the company invested all their stock in promoting the hell out of this game.

Week in, week out, Mayhem advertising featured prominently on both Nitro and Thunder.

As if that wasn't enough, the company even got rid of their annual World War III PPV in October and replaced it with a new event called -you guessed it- WCW Mayhem.

Meanwhile, gaming critics heralded this as a game of firsts.

It was the first WCW game to feature all twelve PPV settings as well as Nitro, Thunder, and Saturday Night. It was also the first US-based wrestling game in which the characters could fight backstage.

Further praise came for the commentary (more of which later) and the excellent job done in motion capturing hundreds of different pro-wrestling moves.






So yes, back in 1999, WCW Mayhem for the PlayStation was a pretty big deal.

But how does it stand up twenty years later?

Let's turn on the PS and find out.

First Impressions 

There's a lot to like about this game right from the start. 

The introduction puts us in a WCW Control Room type environment were serious-looking dudes in identical uniforms and matching hats set about loading up everything you'd need for the perfect wrestling event.


They load the arena, fill it with a crowd, and even fire our announce team, Tony Schiavone and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan, for a night of WCW action.

Not content to leave it there, our guys even create their own prototype pro wrestler in their laboratory, but when they crank his aggression levels up to 95%, the perfect prototype transforms into an angry Goldberg, who smashes his way out of the lab and into Slamboree 1999.

Honestly, as intros to pro wrestling video games go, this is probably one of the coolest ever made, at least for the time period.

Combined with an aggressive heavy metal riff, it gets you pumped up and ready to smash some heads in.

So far, a 10/10 score for WCW Mayhem, and we haven't even selected our characters yet.

Roster 

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation 1 Review - Roster selection Sting
The game boasts that it features no less than 50 World Championship Wrestling athletes, though not all of them are available when you first play the game.

While there is a good selection, if you want to unlock all fifty characters then you'll need to go through the Beat the Quest mode multiple times and unlock them all.

In terms of the starting characters, the roster is split up until multiple factions. 

You have your main WCW stars, the nWo Wolfpac and Black and White job squad, and the Four Horsemen, as well as cruiserweight and hardcore division

WCW Roster

For WCW, cover star Goldberg, as well as Sting, Diamond Dallas Page, Randy Savage, and Bret 'The Hitman' Hart are all accounted for, as are Booker T, Buff Bagwell, Konnan, Curt Hennig and an assorted cast of undercard characters like Kenny Kaos and Bobby Duncam Jr. 

Weirdly, Kaos is a starting character but his High Voltage tag team partner Robbie Rage doesn't even feature in the game

nWo Roster

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - Eddie vs. Juvi vs. Psycosis
If you want your main eventers, Hulk Hogan, Scott Steiner, Kevin Nash and Lex Luger are all Wolfpac 4 life here, while Horace, Scott Norton and Stevie Ray are on job squad duty.

Four Horsemen

The game starts with the last itineration of the Four Horsemen, with Chris Benoit, Dean Malenko, and Steve McMichael all appearing as starting characters despite Mongo leaving the company in February of that year.

No guesses as to who the unlockable characters are in this group. 

Cruiserweights

There's a fun selection of cruiserweights here, with staples like Rey Mysterio Jr., Kidman, Eddie Guerrero, Juventud Guerrera and Psycosis all appearing alongside interesting choices such as Lizmark Jr. 

Hardcore 

Raven, Saturn, and Kanyon all represent the hardcore division, with a whole bunch of characters to be unlocked. 

Everyone else, from major stars like Ric Flair to curious additions like former Smoky Mountain Wrestling star Bobby Blaze and Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker all appear as unlockable characters.

WCW Mayhem Create-a-Wrestler Mode 

If you don't like any of the roster choices the game gives you, you can always create your own wrestler.

This is a pretty standard feature in wrestling games today, but the concept was very much in its infancy back in the 1990s and it certainly shows here. 

Maybe I've been spoiled by playing games like Smackdown: Here Comes the Pain as of late, but Mayhem's Create-a-Wrestler mode is as frustrating as it is disappointing.

Naming your character 

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - El GiganteFirst things first you have to give your wrestler a name. This is fine, except for the life of me I couldn't figure out how to put a space between words. I spent far too long on this before eventually giving up, convinced that if you wanted to name your character Cactus Jack for example, you'd have to settle for calling him just 'Cactus' or 'Jack' instead.

To be fair, you can add to your character by giving a pre-set nickname. 

Some of these are interesting to say the least.

Of all the genuine WCW names to include, El Gigante is an option, and if you want to go extreme, you can always go by the name War Machine. 

You could also choose to be Kid Lightning, though apparently not Lightning Kid since Sean Waltman had been back in the WWF for a year by the stage.

Appearance

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - Create-a-Wrestler
Things get even more interesting and frustrating when it comes to choosing how your wrestler looks.

There are only three body types to choose from:
  • Small
  • Large
  • Powerful
Powerful is exactly the same as large, albeit with a more defined physique. 

From there, you can select from a bunch of pre-defined character templates which are great if you want your wrestler to look like a Human Wasp Man or a zombie, but not so much otherwise.

On the plus side, one of the templates is hilariously called 'Invisible' and, as you might suspect, it makes your character completely invisible.

That's pretty funny.

What's even funnier is that you can choose to apply the 'Invisible' template to only select parts of your wrestler. So, for example, you could make your head invisible and create The Headless Horseman (to replace Mongo, probably). or you could decide to have a character with no body if that's the kind of thing that gets you giggling.

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - Kane outfit
When it comes to dressing your wrestler ready for action, the choices are pretty limited.

If you're used to having an almost infinite number of tights, shorts, and other assorted garments as you do in other games, you'll be disappointed.

You'll also be pretty bummed if you're familiar with WWF/WWE games which have a habit of sneaking in attire you recognize as belonging to wrestlers not included in the game.

Whereas it's usually been possible to put together a pretty decent looking Jushin Liger and other characters in the WWF games, that's not really a thing in this game.

There is, of course, one exception.

For some reason, the game includes what is pretty obviously Kane's ring gear from that time period. Though I couldn't find his actual mask, if you ever wanted to see The Big Red Machine waging war on WCW Saturday Night, this game is as close as you're ever going to get to making that happen.

Otherwise, this whole part of the game is pretty lackluster.

Match Types 



Selecting the 'Main Event' option from the main menu allows you to wrestle a variety of matches at any WCW event.

Along with the standard singles and tag options, you can also have a triangle or four-way match.

Alternatively, you could opt for either Raven's Rules, No Disqualification, both of which are pretty much the same thing, or a Weapon's Match, which is the same thing again albeit with weapons already in the ring.

Honestly, I wouldn't get too excited about these. Even in the standard matches, you can brawl outside of the ring, head backstage and blast each other with weapons and not get disqualified or counted out, so I'm not sure what difference -if any- it makes if you choose No DQ.

I would have liked to have seen War Games, or even just a ladder or a cage match, but honestly, it's not a big deal. 

As we'll get to in a moment, you can have enough fun just playing the actual game that you don't really need fancy gimmick matches to enjoy WCW Mayhem.

Game Play 


For the most part, actually playing WCW Mayhem is a lot of fun.

Unlike some games which seem to take a bit of getting used, you can get the hang of things and start winning matches pretty quickly here.

At first, the controls felt a bit counter-intuitive for me, especially for some characters. With Bret Hart, for example, hitting down and triangle lifts your opponent up for a suplex, but hitting up and triangle drives your opponent down for a piledriver.

It's a bit off-putting at first, but you soon get used to it.

For the most part, the moves look crisp, sharp, and well-executed. 

All that praise for the game's motion capturing is certain well-warranted. Suplexes are smooth, powerbombs look devastating, and most submission moves are very well done.

Shortly before I played this game, I also played WWF War Zone which was released the year before Mayhem and wasn't nearly as smooth or engaging in terms of actual gameplay. 

However, as with most things in life, playing WCW Mayhem isn't exactly perfect. 

Some moves just don't seem as if they've been mapped out very well.

For example, if you go to the top rope for an ariel move, the game pays no attention to where your opponent is and just has you diving recklessly in the middle of the ring.

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - Cruiserweight action
On many occasions, I had my rival knocked out on the mat and climbed to the top, ready to crush him with a sweet splash. Yet because he was too close to the corner or not properly positioned, I just ended up flying over him and hitting the canvas.

It's at this point that Tony Schiavone would make fun of me, claiming that if I spent a little less time showboating, I would have hit that move.

No, Tony, if the game developers had thought things through a little better, I would have hit that move. 

There were other times too when I'd have my opponent in perfect position and yet a move would just completely miss for no reason. 

Still, as much as I gripe about this, it wasn't enough to put me off playing. On the whole I enjoyed the experience of playing WCW Mayhem, even if it was completely unrealistic. 

See Hulk Hogan's Fabulous Flying Dropkick 

When reading up about this game, I saw people who are more into gaming than wrestling talk about how each wrestler has his own unique move set, signature taunts and entrance.

This isn't entirely accurate. 

It looks as though Electronic Arts devised about five or six different entrances and five or six different taunts and then just divvied them up at random, almost as if they drew them out of a hat.

Ok and the next wrestler is...Rey Mysterio Jr. and his signature taunt is...

*picks out of a hat*

Hulk Hogan's hand-to-the-ear thing. 

Then you have Bret Hart hulking up and flashing his muscles, and Wrath doing bodybuilding poses that I don't think I ever saw him do once his entire career.

Sure, some guys have their trademark mannerisms.

In making their entrance, Rick Steiner gets on all fours and barks like a dog (naturally), and Scott Hall has his famous strut, but some make no sense at all.

Juvi, Perry Saturn and a bunch of others all come out and adjust their tights in the exact same way, while just about everbody else does some weird Lex Luger flexing before marching to the ring.

Then there's the moves.

If you were expecting an experience that closely replicates what you'd see on TV, you might be disappointed. 

Again, most trademark moves are present and correct. 

Goldberg will drop you with a gorilla press slam, most of the cruiserweights will flip, flop and fly, and Bret Hart does his signature side russian leg sweep, but then when you go to follow it up -as Bret often did- with a driving forearm from the corner, The Hitman instead decides that he's going to leap off with a flying splash.

Not surprisingly, he misses 90% of the time and lands in the ring to be chastised by Tony Schiavone.

Then there's Hulk Hogan, who will think nothing of hitting you with a standing dropkick or taking you to the top rope for a superplex, you know, just like he did all the time in real life?

Again, it's like the developers got a bunch of moves in one hat, a bunch of wrestlers in another, and paired them all up at random.

Story Mode: Quest for the Best 



On your first play-through, there appears to be a lot to like about Quest for the Best, which is WCW Mayhem's answer to the typical Career Mode.

Starting at the bottom, you start by defeating the top five contenders to the TV title before winning that belt and then defending it against five contenders.

You then repeat the same process for the United States Championship, and then again for the world title.

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - US title winner
At first, this is a lot of fun, and throws up random quirks like Bobby Duncam Jr. being the number one contender to Goldberg's world title while Hollywood Hogan is only the fifth-ranked contender.

As you work your way up to the TV title, you even unlock a few bonus characters.

I beat Sgt. Buddy Lee Parker and Bobby Blaze and unlocked both of those, then beat Ernest Miller to unlock his manager, Sonny Onoo.

So far, so good, but after a while it gets a little repetitive.

There are no cut-scenes, no 'tween-match drama or random side quests, just keep beating dudes one after another. 

It actually gets worse once you win the world title. 

WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - World title winnerInstead of just having five challengers, the list of dudes coming after your gold never seems to end, so you simply find yourself squashing one after the other with no real finish line in sight.

While the gameplay is pretty fun, it's simply not enough to keep you invested in the game for any real length of time when all you're doing is winning one match after the next after the next.

Still, if you've got the patience for it (which I really haven't), then it's worth going through this process just to unlock all the extra characters.

Graphics and Appearance 

As I've said before, I approach these game reviews from the perspective of a wrestling fan, so I'm perhaps not as qualified to comment technical details as much as a serious gamer might be. 
WCW Mayhem - PlayStation1 Review - Halloween Havoc set

That being said, WCW Mayhem really is a great looking game, at least for a PS 1 release. 

The menu and loading screens are bright, vibrant and attractive and the characters themselves are very well done for the time.

As for the arenas, while the TV set-ups are nothing spectacular, some of the PPV shows look amazing in a way that my crappy screenshots simply don't do justice.

Sure, WCW Mayhem may not be perfect, but it sure does look the part.

Sound and Commentary 

Again, I read somewhere that all of the wrestlers in this game have their own entrance themes. This isn't true. 

Most of the major stars do, while those belonging to either the Wolfpac or nWo Black & White have their stable's theme. Yet many wrestlers are assigned a theme that doesn't actually belong to them.

The majority of the cruiserweights, for example, come out to Eddie Guerrero's awesome Latino World Order theme, while anyone from WCW that isn't a main eventer gets the generic Nitro music. 

That's not a big deal though, as most of the themes that you'd actually want to here are all present and correct.

Where this game really shines, however, is on the commentary.

Remember how dreadful it was to have Michael Cole and Taz doing the worst commentary in history on WWF Smackdown - Just Bring It?

There's none of that here. 

Schiavone and Heenan provide some of the most realistic commentary you'd ever heard on a video game up to this point. In fact, I'd say it's even better than on some of the games that came long after Mayhem was released.

Sure, the longer you play, the more likely you are to hear repeated phrases, but for the most part, the commentary is very refreshing.

At one point, I was brawling backstage and the duo began bickering for a good couple of minutes, much like they'd do on Nitro.

It's a nice touch, and certainly one of the best things in the game.

Final Impressions 

So, is WCW Mayhem for the PlayStation 1 really as good as it was made out to be back in 1999?

Not exactly.

Yes, for the most part, it's a great game. It looks great, it sounds great, and if you can get over your character diving into the middle of the ring like an idiot, it plays great too.

But there's not much too it and I don't think you get the same kind of longevity out of Mayhem that you do with other games.







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Thursday, 19 September 2019

PPV REVIEW: WWF Survivor Series 1999

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - Event poster
November 14, 1999,
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan

I've been a wrestling fan for most of my life, but in the late 1990s, as I approached 16 years old, I started to discover that going out with girls and skateboarding was more fun than staying home and watching professional wrestling.

From late 1999 until sometime in the year 2000, I slowly but surely drifted away from it altogether. By the time I was 17, I was no longer watching any wrestling at all, and wouldn't do so again for about seven or eight years.

As such, it's around this time on my journey to documenting every WWE PPV from Wrestlemania 1 to 30 that my memory of what was going on in pro wrestling at the time starts to get a little sketchy.

Sure, I was still kind of watching (I think I dropped off altogether after Wrestlemania 2000), but I wasn't watching with the kind of intense enthusiasm that I used to, and I honestly don't recall if I ever saw Survivor Series 1999 back in the day.






If I did, I certainly wasn't paying enough attention to it as I don't recall a single thing about it.

But hey, that's actually a lot of fun because it means I'm watching this one as if its the first time I've ever seen it, something I haven't been able to do since we first started covering WCW PPVs a few years ago.

With that being said, I'm eager to dive into it, so let's head to the Joe Louis Arena and see what went down at Survivor Series 1999.

Who will survive tonight?

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - Jim Ross & Jerry 'The King' Lawler called the action
Our show began with a dramatic and compelling video package which told us that tonight, we'd see Triple H defending the WWF title in a triple threat match against Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, with Vince McMahon as the special guest referee.

This led us to our usual warm welcome from Jim Ross and Jerry 'The King' Lawler, the latter of whom told us that tonight's show was going to be even more memorable than Survivor Series 1997.

With that, it was onto our opening match

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
The Godfather (w/ The Hos), D'Lo Brown and The Headbangers (Mosh & Thrasher) vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Vo Dudley) and The Acolytes (Farooq & Bradshaw)

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - D'Lo Brown and his team dressed up like pimps
See what I mean about forgetting stuff? I had no idea The Headbangers got back together in late 1999 after that whole 'Chaz Warrington - Wife Beater' mess.

Here, Mosh and Trasher joined D'Lo Brown in dressing up like pimps, which The Godfather found hysterical.

True fact - if you put an afro wig on Mosh, he looks eerily like Carlito Colon.

The Dudley Boyz made their entrance next, but Godfather refused to give them any of his hos, preferring instead to lock up with them and The Acolytes.

Farooq and Bradshaw were able to co-exist with Bubba Ray and D-Von long enough for them to eliminate both headbangers, but that was about all they could handle.

Bradshaw grabbed a chair and walloped both D'Lo Brown and his own partner, Bubba. That was enough to get him disqualified. Farooq and D-Von then came to blows and basically walked off fighting one another, leaving Bubba Ray at the mercy of Farooq's former Nation of Domination underlings, Godfather an D'Lo Brown.
Your Winners and Survivors: The Godfather and D'Lo Brown

Post-match, Godfather, D'Lo, and referee Tim White got down and funky with The Hos.

Kurt Angle - Olympic Hero

Oh yeah, now I remember this show, it was the in-ring debut of Kurt Angle.

Before the Olympic Gold Medalist stepped into the ring, we got a video package in which he bragged about all of his achievements. Just in listing all of his medals and championships, Angle sounded like a bona fide heel.

Shawn Stasiak vs. Kurt Angle

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - Kurt Angle made his WWE debut
Though they'd change their minds later in his career, the fans did not care at all for Angle as he locked up with Shawn Stasiak in what was a decent, though not very spectacular, match.

At one point, they ignored him altogether and chanted for the Detroit Red Wings before booing the Olympic Gold Medalist. When he took to the microphone to demand they stop boing they, of course, booed louder.

Angle showed plenty of promise here, but there was nothing about this rather average match that made you suspect he'd go on to become one of the sports all-time greats.

Predictably, he won the match thanks to the Angle Slam.
Your Winner: Kurt Angle

Earlier, on Heat, Triple H had tried to lure The Rock and Austin into a beat down at the hands of his recently reunited DX buddies X-Pac and Road Dogg, but that had backfired. Rock had fought off the DX men while Austin kicked HHH's ass.

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match

Val Venis, Mark Henry, Gangrel and Steve Blackman vs. WWF European Champion The British Bulldog and The Mean Street Posse (Pete Gas, Rodney, and The Mean Street Posse)

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - The British Bulldog's career was going down hill
Poor British Bulldog - one minute he's competing for the world title, the next he's in a match which screams "we didn't have anything else for these people to do" with The Mean Street Posse as his partners.

Honestly, I think the look on Davey Boy's face in this picture says it all, don't you?

Also, I have no idea who the heels were supposed to be here. I think it was all of them. I also think it doesn't even matter because nobody seemed to care about this match.

Val Venis' team made light work of The Posse before Bulldog got his revenge by taking out Gangrel and Steve Blackman. Yet just when you thought he might go all the way, he got splashed by both Venis and Mark Henry and lost the match.

Seriously, poor Bulldog.
Your Winners and Survivors: Mark Henry and Val Venis

Out in the back, Michael Cole stupidly stormed into the women's locker room for an interview without boring to check if they were decent. The ladies, particularly Ivory and Jacqueline made fun of him for it and teased him mercilessly while Terri scurried around trying to hide her boobs and Luna looked on.

Now, it was only back at Unforgiven 1999 that Luna, Jacqueline and Ivory were at war with one another, but apparently, they'd patched things up and would be competing tonight.

Eight-Woman Sudden Death Tag Team Match
Mae  Young, The Fabulous Moolah, Tori and Debra vs. WWF Women's Champion Ivory, Jacqueline, Luna Vachon and Terri Runnels

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - Debra was lovely
This was like a traditional Survivor Series match just fought under 'one fall to a finish' rules because nobody wanted to see a match featuring The Fabulous Moolah and Mae Young drag on to the usual lengths of an elimination match.


Naturally, this was just the kind of sloppy mess you'd expect it to be.

Thankfully, it ended quickly when the barely mobile Moolah pinned women's champion Ivory while Debra ripped Terri Runnel's top off for good measure.
Your Winners: Mae Young, The Fabulous Moolah, Tori and Debra

Post-match, Moolah stole Ivory's title then tried to beat her up some more until everybody pulled them off each other.

X-Pac is Ready for Kane

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - Lilian Garcia interviews X-Pac
Out in the back, Lillian Garcia asked X-Pac if he was ready to face "a very angry and very determined Kane."

Now playing the heel after the recent D-Generation-X reunion, Pac insisted that he'd been the one carrying The Big Red Machine during their tag team run together before calling Kane impotent and sexually frustrated.

X-Pac acted like he really couldn't care less about fighting Kane and, as a heel, it was an attitude that really worked for him.

X-Pac vs. Kane

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - Kane checks on Tori
And so the big pay off to the X-Pac/Kane story that had been playing out for most of the year came to a head in a short yet enjoyable little match in which The Big Red Machine looked to counter his opponent's quickness with brute strength.

It was an effective approach which not only made for entertaining viewing but also seemed to have helped Kane win the match despite interference from Road Dogg.

In the end, Kane lifted X-Pac up for a tombstone, but Triple H ran in and blasted him with the WWF title for the DQ.
Your Winner via disqualification: Kane

Post-match, Hunter and Road Dogg set Kane up in the corner for an X-Pac bronco buster. Tori ran in to try and save her boyfriend Kane but when she grabbed 'Pac, he turned around and kicked her without realising who it was.

Instantly showing shock and remorse, X-Pac fled with his DX buddies in tow.

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - Michael Cole interviews The Rock A Backstage Brawl

Out in the back, Michael Cole tried to interview The Rock, but Triple H came along and got in Rocky's face. The two then got into a big brawl which had to be broken up by Sgt. Slaughter and a bunch of officials.

Handicap Survivor Series Elimination Match
Prince Albert, Mideon, Viscera, and WWF Hardcore Champion The Big Boss Man vs. The Big Show

As the combatants were making their way to the ring, we were shown clips of Big Boss Man interrupting the funeral of Big Show's dad and stealing the casket.

"If we never see that footage again, it'll be too soon," said Jim Ross, echoing the thoughts of every wrestling fan who had to sit through that angle.

Ross also told us that Big Show had been assigned Kai En Tai and The Blue Meanie as partners, but had beaten them up so that he could take out Boss Man and Boss Man's partners by himself.

And take them out he did, in about 30 seconds. Show destroyed Mideon and Prince Albert with chokeslams in no time at all, then, in the sole highlight of the entire thing, lifted Viscera up for a huge, and hugely impressive, body slam. One chokeslam later and he was gone too.

Boss Man then ran off and got counted out but, rather than celebrate, Show chased after him.

That barely qualified as a match, but it was still fun to see Big Show going crazy and destroying people. That should have been his thing the whole time.
Your Winner: The Big Show

Out in the back, Kevin Kelly tried to interview Stone Cold Steve Austin but Triple H appeared once again appeared and struck Austin before running off. Stone Cold gave chase, then we cut to what was clearly a pre-recorded segment in which Austin was wandering around in a parking lot looking for Hunter. Cue a car with lights at full beam smashing through the parking lot gates and running down the Texas Rattlesnake.

After cutting to a reaction from Jr and King, Ross actually left the announce table and went backstage to check on Austin. Stephanie McMahon and Test were already there looking over him, as was an irate Vince McMahon. Later, Shane McMahon and Sgt. Slaughter also showed up as EMTs prepared Stone Cold to be placed on a stretcher.

Triple H and DX then showed up and McMahon tore them a new one, blaming them for having Austin run down. Hunter denied having anything to do with it and of, course, he was right. Later, a certain someone would reveal that they were the ones driving the car and that, yes, they did it for The Rock.

Austin was finally taken away on a stretcher now be out for some time, in kayfabe selling the fact that he'd just been run over by car but in reality recovering from injuries he'd accrued thanks to the wild and violent nature of all the main event matches he'd had over the past two years.

Though the actual angle and reveal of Austin's assailant would be derided later, this whole segment was pretty dramatic and engaging stuff.

World Wrestling Federation Intercontinental Championship
WWF Intercontinental Champion Chyna (w/ Miss Kitty) vs. Chris Jericho

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - Chris Jericho faced Chyna
After all the drama of the 'Austin Got Run Over' angle, we went straight into what was easily the best match on the show so far by a long, long shot.

Chris Jericho held nothing back as he absolutely brutalised Chyna both inside an outside of the ring, but The Ninth Wonder of the World refused to give up and eventually scored the win thanks to a top rope pedigree.

OK, so the actual pedigree didn't look all that great, but the spectacle of it, particularly coming at the end of what was an absolutely thrilling match, made it work.

The crowd loved it, I loved it, and if you watch it, I'm sure you'll love it too.
Your Winner and Still Intercontinental Champion: Chyna

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - DX confront The McMahons
Out in the back, Triple H and X-Pac burst into the McMahon family locker room looking for Vince McMahon.

Shane revealed that Vince had gone to the hospital with Austin before yelling at DX for the terrible crime they'd committed.

Hunter and X-Pac swore down that although they were setting him up, they weren't setting him up to get run over. Helmsley then revealed the real reason he was looking for Vince - to confirm that now Austin was out of action, the main event would just a singles match against The Rock, rather than a triple threat.

Traditional Survivor Series Elimination Match
Too Cool (Scotty Too Hotty and Grandmaster Sexay) and The Hollys (Crash and Hardcore Holly) vs. Edge, Christian, Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy (w/ Terri Runnels)

Last month, at No mercy 1999, Edge, Christian and The Hardys had waged a war on each other in an instant classic tag team ladder match.

Now, they were on the same side, taking the fight to Too Cool and The Hollys in a match which slowly got worse the longer it went on.

Things started off pretty well, with all eight men battling back and forth before Edge and Matt Hardy got eliminated in quick succession.

It was that point on that things started to disintegrate, with only a rare 450 splash from Jeff Hardy breaking up the monotony in a big way.

Eventually, Hardy was gone too, leaving Christian to put up a valiant effort until he lost to Bob Holly.

That could have been a great match. As it was, everybody seemed to get lost and confused about halfway through so it never got any better than being fairly good.
Your Winner and Sole Survivor: Hardcore Holly

Out in the back, Shane McMahon told us that he'd spoken with Vince on the telephone.

The news?

Austin had not lost consciousness, which was a good sign but had suffered severe head, neck, and back trauma.

The other news?

We would still have a triple threat match tonight, just not with Austin.

Shane never told us who the replacement would be, but we'd no doubt find that out later.

World Wrestling Federation Tag Team Championship
WWF Tag Team Champions The New Age Outlaws vs. Mankind & Al Snow

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - The New Age Outlaws faced The Rock & Sock Connection
The New Age Outlaws were technically the heels here but still did their usual opening spiel anyway.

Meanwhile, Al Snow and Mankind had been paired up on screen because Mankind made fun of Snow a lot in his book.

Together, both teams tried hard to put on a good match but for some reason, it just fell flat.

The Outlaws had been doing the "Road Dogg Plays Face-in-Peril" format for so long that they apparently didn't know how to do anything else, so we still had a long string of Roadie getting his ass whooped before the tables turned and Snow played face-in-peril for his team.

The result was a messy brawl that failed to make much of an impression. In fact, the best part of the match was the commentary.

At one point, Jim Ross was completely deadpan when he said "Mankind gave Al snow head on Smackdown"

"How dare you say that!" quipped Lawler.

It was hilarious.

In the end, the Outlaws won thanks to a spike piledriver.
Your Winners and Still WWF Tag Team Champions: The New Age Outlaws


World Wrestling Federation Championship Triple Threat Match
WWF Champion Triple H vs. The Rock vs. The Big Show

WWE / WWF Survivor Series 1999 - The Big Show won his first WWF Championship
With no extra special reveal or anything like that, Big Show made his way to the ring to take Steve Austin's place in what turned out to be a fantastic main event.

Brawling through the crowds, around the ring and yes, between the ropes, all three men worked hard to pull off some awesome spots. Plus, the fact that this was a good five or ten minutes shorter than your average 20 minute plus main event meant that it was never allowed to drag on.

As such, we got a really fun battle with nary a dull moment in sight.

Towards the finish, Earl Hebner got taken out so Shane McMahon came down to referee, but Triple H pedigreed him into oblivion. DX came in for a run in, but they got taken out by Big Show.

Finally, Vince McMahon came down and planted Hunter with the WWF title. Big Show made the cover and won the WWF title for the first time.
Your Winner and NEW WWF Champion: The Big Show

And so, nine months after he had helped Vince McMahon in his match against Steve Austin back at St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House, Big Show had finally had the favour returned. McMahon had helped the former Giant win his first WWF Championship and the big guy couldn't be happier, practically crying as he held the title aloft to end the show on a high note.





I may not have remembered anything about Survivor Series 1999 when I first sat down to watch it, but now that we're done, I can tell you that there are a few things I'll always remember.

I'll always remember everybody dressing up as pimps in the opening match. I'll always remember Jeff Hardy busting out that sweet 450 splash, Stone Cold getting run over, and Big Show winning his first WWF title.

I'll also remember how despite much of the in-ring action being rather subpar, the Chyna/Jericho match and the main event more than made up for it.

Oh, and the debut of some guy called Kurt Freakin Angle.

All in all a decent outing, though by no means one of the best of the year.



1999 events reviewed so far

Thursday, 12 September 2019

PPV REVIEW: WCW Halloween Havoc 1999

October 24, 1999
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada

Despite his biggest contributions to professional wrestling taking place twenty years ago, there are still some fans who, even to this day, have it out for writer Vince Russo.

The man who brought car-crash style production and swerves aplenty to the Monday Night Wars, the man who injected as much sex into the product as possible, and the man who just couldn't resist sticking everything on a pole has often been accused of many crimes, including turning World Championship Wrestling into an almost unwatchable product.

In Russo's defence, however, WCW was already practically unwatchable before he ever got there.

So far, we've covered all of the company's 1999 PPVs from January to September of that year, and almost all of them were either stupid, complicated, or just plain crap.

That was without Russo's help.





Tonight, Halloween Havoc 1999 would be the first WCW PPV to take place under the reign of Russo, but would it be any worse, or any better, than the company's previous garbage?

Let's head to the MGM Grand Garden Arena to find out.

It's Showtime, folks!

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Tony Schiavone and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan called the action
Our show tonight began with an opening video package looking at the main rivalries in the company. Goldberg and Sid Vicious hated each other, Hulk Hogan and Sting hated each other, and we'd see those matches later.

Out in the arena, ominous music played as we panned past the traditional Halloween Havoc stage (remember that giant demon thing holding the inflatable pumpkin) and down to our announcers, Tony Schiavone and Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan.)

Without explaining where usual colleague Iron Mike Tenay was, two dropped a bombshell on us:

Rey Mysterio Jr. had been injured so he and Kidman had been forced to surrender the tag team titles. Tonight, Kidman would team will fellow Filthy Animal Konnan to battle two other teams in a three-way, anything goes match to determine new champions.

But first, this:

World Championship Wrestling World Cruiserweight Championship
WCW Cruiserweight Champion Disco Inferno vs. Lash LeRoux

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - WCW Cruiserweight Champion Disco Inferno battled Lash LeRoux
There once was a time when WCW's cruiserweight division gave us awesome opening contests featuring technical and high flying action from the likes of Rey Mysterio Jr., Psicosis, Juventud Guerrera and Dean Malenko.

Those days seemed to be far, far behind us.

Today, we got this, a battle between WCW veteran Disco Inferno and relative newcomer, 'The Ragin' Cajun' Lash LeRoux. Much like the Lenny Lane/Kaz Hayashi battle from last month's Fall Brawl 1999, this was a decent effort in its own right but wasn't a patch on those earlier cruiserweight classics.

The main difference, of course, was that the Mysterios and Guerreras of this world had their own unique style which made cruiserweight matches stand out, whereas this just seemed like a standard wrestling match between two smaller dudes, albeit with one or two flashy moments interjected.

In the end, Disco hit the chartbuster and LeRoux took an impressive bump halfway across the ring before being pinned by the champion.
Your Winner and Still Cruiserweight Champion: Disco Inferno

Post-match, LeRoux got up and attacked Disco, planting him onto the title belt with his Whiplash finisher.

Benoit and Malenko Leave the Revolution

Earlier in the day, Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko had arrived at the arena to be greeted by Revolution teammate Perry Saturn. Saturn wanted to know why the two had not been in touch, prompting Malenko to inform the former ECW star that he could take The Revolution and stick it up his ass.

"And you can relay that same message to Shane," added Benoit as he and Malenko stormed off, effectively leaving the group.

Harlem Heat are Mad

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Mike Tenay interviews Harlem Heat
At both Fall Brawl 1999 and the previous month's Road Wild 1999, Harlem Heat had entered as challengers and left as the WCW tag team champions, which pretty much tells you that they struggled to hold onto the titles for very long.

Now they'd lost the belts again thanks to some dodgy goings on from Hugh Morrus and Brian Knobs. Tonight, however, Booker T and Stevie Ray promised to win the belts once again in a compelling interview segment with Mike Tenay.

"Now, can you dig that!?!" yelled Booker T at one point.
"I can relate to that," nodded Tenay in what was an unintentionally hilarious moment.

Street Fight for the Vacant World Championship Wrestling World Tag Team Championship
The First Family of Wrestling (Brian Knobbs & Hugh Morrus w/ Jimmy Hart) vs. The Filthy Animals (Konnan & Billy Kidman) vs. Harlem Heat (Booker T &  Stevie Ray)

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Hugh Morrus, Brian Knobs and Jimmy Hart of The First Family
The First Family came down for this one wearing Halloween masks, which was a pretty cool touch.

The Filthy Animals then came down wearing the tag team title belts, carrying on WCW's longstanding tradition of people who aren't actually the champions wearing the belts.

When the match got underway, it was actually a really fun, chaotic street fight up until the nonsense finish.

While most of the action took place inside the ring, Harlem Heat went backstage for a brawl with Brian Knobs. Stevie Ray blasted Knobs with some kind of Egyptian mummy type thing after which, Booker made the cover and one referee made the three count.

In the ring, and off camera, Billy Kidman pinned Hugh Morrus and another referee made that three count, which made the fans pop.

The fans then went silent as the referees debated the finish and awarded the belts to Harlem Heat, despite nobody in the live audience having seen what went on backstage.
Your Winners and NEW Tag Team Champions: Harlem Heat

And so, for the third PPV in a row, Harlem Heat won the tag team titles, making them ten-time champions.

Let's hope they held onto them a little longer than a few weeks this time.

You know what else? I'm not even going to pin this one on Vince Russo because WCW had done stuff that was way, way more dumb than this long before he ever got there.

Let's talk about spanking...

Backstage, Ric Flair stormed into the arena with a crowbar in his hand and David Flair hurrying behind him.

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 -  Kimberly and Diamond Dallas PageOut in the arena, Diamond Dallas Page and his wife Kimberly came out to talk about Ric Flair giving Kim a spanking on Nitro.

In a horribly cringe-worthy promo from both, Kimberly claimed that Page gave her way better spankings before Dallas himself took the mic to make as many "lol spanking it can mean masturbating" puns as he possibly could.

Somehow, all this talk of spanking gave DDP the idea to turn his upcoming match with Nature Boy from a regular match into a strap match.

God, that was horrible.

Perry Saturn vs. Eddie Guerrero

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 -  Torrie Wilson looks smitten after getting kissed by Ric Flair
Prior to the match, we got a backstage segment in which Mike Tenay informed Eddie Guerrero, Billy Kidman and Torrie Wilson that The Filthy Animals would be banned from ringside.

Kidman was irate about this, but stormed off anyway, taking future Hall of Famer Torrie with him.

Tenay then questioned whether the Rolex he was wearing was the one he'd stolen from Ric Flair, but Eddie cut him down and promised to bring an end to the Revolution out in the ring.

Once things got started, the match itself became pretty good indeed.

OK, so some fans will no doubt be turned off by how long Eddie spent holding Saturn down on the mat in a submission move, but for this fan, that only added to the enjoyment.

After a solid see-saw battle, Ric Flair ran in and beat up Eddie with his crowbar as revenge for the stolen Rolex. Kidman and Torrie also ran in, but Kidman got attacked with the crowbar and Torrie got a kiss from Nature Boy, though she apparently really liked it so it was OK.
Your Winner via DQ: Eddie Guerrero

After all that, Flair had apparently forgotten to reclaim his Rolex and, after heading backstage once, had to come back out and get it.

That was dumb but, again, no more so than a lot of things we'd already seen on WCW TV so far in 1999.

Bagwell wants Jarrett

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 -  Buff Bagwell called out Jeff Jarrett
Out in the back, we saw Goldberg beating Sid Vicious to a bloody pulp, only for Vicious to get up again and ask Big Bill if that's all he'd got.

Sid looked a mess though I think Bobby Heenan summed it up best:

"He looks like he's had about fifty-five tomatoes shoved in his face."

I don't know why, but that cracks me up.

Anyway, out in the ring, Buff Bagwell made an appearance to claim that he not only had a problem with "those two writers from up north" (Russo and Ed Ferrera) but also with Jeff Jarrett.

Only the week before, Jarrett had appeared at WWF No Mercy 1999 in a losing effort against Chyna, then immediately jumped to WCW and begun waging war on people.

Tonight, he ran down to answer Buff's challenge and the two got into impromptu fisticuffs before Lex Luger arrived for reasons that were inadequately explained (something to do with Elizabeth).

Finally, Luger went to bash Jarrett with a guitar but got Buff instead.

OK, now I'm finally starting to get annoyed with Russo for the distinct lack of actual wrestling on this show.

Speaking words of wisdom...let it bleed

Out in the back, Sid was being stitched up after his earlier beatdown. He could have immediately refused treatment if he didn't want it, but instead, the big drama queen waited until Mike Tenay and a camera crew were there before he tossed the medical professional aside and stood up with blood pouring down his face shouting "LET IT BLEED! LET IT BLEED!"

Somewhere in the background, Paul McCartney was standing by with a piano.

Brad Armstrong vs. Berlyn (w/ The Wall)

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 -  Berlyn (w/ The Wall) faced Brad Armstrong
After yet another quick clip in which we saw Eddie Guerrero on the phone telling Rey Mysterio to return to the arena (Rey had taken Konnan to the hospital after the earlier tag match), we went back to the ring for this PPV-calibre match.

I'm just kidding.

This was mediocre at best.

They'd built up Berlyn as a super huge deal, only to throw him into a feud with perennial lower-carder Brad Armstrong. Not only that, but they had Armstrong pick up the win here after several minutes of a match which would have been better suited to mid-card filler on WCW Saturday Night.
Your Winner: Brad Armstrong

Post-match, Berlyn and The Wall beat up on Armstrong.

A word with the Nature Boy

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Mike Tenay interviews Nature Boy Ric Flair
Out in the back, Mike Tenay interviewed Nature Boy Ric Flair. Naitch focussed his attention on The Filthy Animals and warned them not to mess with him before Tenay asked about the upcoming strap match with DDP.

It was at this point that a light came on in Flair's eyes and he delivered this awesome, hilarious promo about how much Kimberley had enjoyed her spanking and how much Torrie had enjoyed her kiss earlier.

God bless you, Nature Boy.

World Championship Wrestling World Television Championship
WCW TV Champion Chris Benoit vs. Rick Steiner

Regardless as to what this writer may think of Chris Benoit the man, you'll rarely see a bad word written about one of his matches here on Retro Pro Wrestling.

Having said that, my goodness this was tedious.

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Rick Steiner challenged Chris Benoit for the TV title
Rick Steiner's last few PPV matches had all been pretty bad, but you hoped that The Crippler's undeniable talent would compensate for that.

Unfortunately, not even Benoit was capable of stopping The Dog Faced Gremlin from turning this into an absolute snoozefest.

The challenger took control of the match early on and spent most of it switching between long, drawn-out rest holds and suplexes.

At one point, it looked like the babyface challenger was mounting a solid comeback, but then Dean Malenko came down and you instinctively knew he was there to turn on his buddy.

Predictably, The Man of 1,000 Holds walloped Chris with a chair, revived a groggy Mark Johnson (who had taken a tumble earlier) and handed the match to Steiner.

The whole thing lasted about five hours.

OK, so it didn't, but it certainly felt like it.
Your Winner and NEW WCW Television Champion: Rick Steiner

Afterwards, Malenko met Perry Saturn near the entrance, revealing that he'd been part of The Revolution all along.

Out in the back, Mike Tenay reminded Bret Hart about how Lex Luger attacking him had not only cost The Hitman a chance to win the title but had also injured his ankle.

In one of his more sombre promos, The Hitman declared that despite being hurt, he was still ready to take on The Total Package here tonight.

Lex Luger (w/ Elizabeth) vs. Bret 'The Hitman' Hart

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Mike Tenay interviews Bret 'The Hitman' Hart about his match with Lex Luger
I mean, this wasn't the worst match ever, but like the previous TV title bout, the more talented worker couldn't make up for the shortcomings of the lesser talented one.

What we got, rather than Bret Hart carrying Luger to a great match in the way he'd carried so many men before him, was a worn-down Hitman going through the motions with The Total Package and selling the leg injury the whole time.

After a few minutes of passable action, Luger locked Bret in a flimsy looking half-crab, prompting the once mighty Hitman to tap out.
Your Winner: Lex Luger

Out in the back, Mike Tenay and Bill Goldberg stood around at the scene of the crime from earlier. Pointing to Sid's blood that was on the floor at their feet, Goldberg told Tenay that he got paid to kick people's asses and that tonight, he'd kick Sid's even more.

Madusa is MAD

Up next, Madusa came out looking smoking hot in a bikini to "model" WCW's new cologne.

Walking out to the where Heenan and Schiavone stood, she then took to the microphone to declare that her role here was "BULLS**T!" before storming off.

It always amazes me that WWE never censors out cusswords on the Network.

World Championship Wrestling World Heavyweight Championship
WCW World Heavyweight Champion Sting vs. Hulk Hogan

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Hulk Hogan lay down for Sting in their non-match
The very fact that this was placed basically in the middle of the card should have told you something was up.

The fact that Hogan didn't come out to the ring the first time his music played should have confirmed it.

After Sting's entrance, Hogan finally arrived wearing street clothes. He whispered into the Stinger's ear, then lay down and allowed himself to be pinned.

That was that.
Your Winner and still WCW Champion: Sting

You know what? It's infuriating to watch this now, but as a grown adult, I actually feel bad for the little kid they showed in the front row wearing a Hulk Hogan bandana and getting excited about the Hulkster's entrance.

Imagine getting all geared up to see one of your favourite wrestlers only to have that happen. OK, the more this show goes on, the angrier I'm starting to get with Russo.

World Championship Wrestling United States Championship
WCW US Champion Sid Vicious vs. Goldberg

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Sid Vicious faced Goldberg in a bloody war
Before this one could get underway, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall came out to attack Goldberg as he made his entrance.

The big man battled back and went on to take the fight to Sid Vicious, not just fighting him, but utterly, utterly destroying him.

The cut he had created on Sid's head had healed by now, but Goldberg quickly bust it wide open again and Sid bled like a stuck pig. Wearing the proverbial crimson mask, the champion absorbed so much punishment and kept coming back for more, staggering around the ring and covering it, his opponent, and the rest of his body, in his own thick, dark blood.

It was an incredible sight. What's more, it was an incredible performance. Sid refused to stay down but was clearly in no fit shape to continue and eventually, the referee had to stop the match.

I kid you not, this was probably the best Sid match you'll ever see, even better than the time he beat Shawn Michaels for the WWF title at Survivor Series 1996.
Your Winner via stoppage and NEW US Champion: Goldberg

Caked in blood and barely able to stand, Sid still wanted more from Goldberg but Rick Steiner came out and saw to it that the battered and beaten former champion finally got taken to the back.

Damn, that was awesome.

Sting issues an open challenge

Up next, Sting made his way to the ring and announced that he hadn't come to Las Vegas for a night off; he wanted a fight and was determined to get one.

The champion issued an open challenge and vowed to return later to take on whoever wanted to step up against him.

Strap match
Diamond Dallas Page (w/ Kimberly) vs. Nature Boy Ric Flair

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Ric Flair faced DDP in a strap match
Rather than your typical 'touch-all-four-corners' strap match, this one was designed more like the one Triple H and The Rock had just a few months earlier at Fully Loaded 1999. In other words, it was basically pinfall or submission, anything goes match, albeit with the added novelty of a strap.

Though it wasn't on a par with the HHH/Rock outing, it was as good as you were going to get from The Nature Boy at this stage in his career and was undoubtedly one of the best matches he'd been involved in for a good long while.

The two brawled through the stands and around the ringside area, with Page busting Flair wide open.

In the ring, Nature Boy recovered and slapped on figure four, but just when it looked like he was out of the game, he bounced back and got a cover.

Charles Robinson counted to two, but either Flair forgot to kick out or something dumb happened, so Robinson had no choice but to call it a three count and ring for the bell.

Covering up for the clearly botched finish, Page hit the official with a Diamond Cutter.
Your Winner: Diamond Dallas Page

Afterwards, David Flair ran down with a crowbar, but Kimberley got it from him and handed it to Page so that he could whack Ric in the testicles with it, though not before first choking him out with the strap and beating the hell out of him.

DDP's attack was so vicious that Nature Boy had to be stretchered off, only to be attacked by The Filthy Animals. Kidman, Rey, Konnan and Eddie (With Torrie filming) battered Ric, shoved him in the waiting ambulance and drove off with it.

Quite.

Sting vs. Goldberg

WCW Halloween Havoc 1998 - Sting had an impromptu world title fight against Goldberg
The announcers told us that this was a non-title match. This would be important a few minutes later because, after about seven or eight minutes of mostly forgettable action, Goldberg no-sold all of Sting's offence, hit a spear and a jackhammer and won this poor excuse for a main event.

Charles Robinson then handed Goldberg the title and Dave Penzer announced him as the new champion.
Your Winner and apparently new World Heavyweight Champion: Goldberg

Afterwards, Sting hit Robinson with the Scorpion Death Drop to bring this awful show to a close.

The following night, WCW would announce that the match had been non-title, but that Sting would be stripped of the belt anyway for attacking Lil Naitch.





So, was a WCW PPV better or worse under the leadership of Vince Russo?

It was worse.

Way, way worse.

At the start of this show, I didn't think that was possible. World Championship Wrestling had done so much dumb, illogical, boring, or our outright terrible stuff on their 1999 PPVs that I just couldn't imagine anything Vince Russo could do to top it.

Then he turned Halloween Havoc 1999 into a glorified episode of Nitro with far too many backstage segments, far too much nonsense, and far too many awful matches.

Yes, the US title match was amazing, and yes, Page/Flair was good for what it was, but man, when Hogan lay down for Sting, the crowd absolutely hated it, and so too, for that matter, did this writer.

If your local BDSM club is closed and you want a new way to have punishment inflicted on you, sit down through this trainwreck of a show.

Otherwise, steer well clear.



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